My experience as a curator at The Graph

Articles about what the Graph is have been created for several hundred, and possibly thousands.

In different languages, from members of the Graph community from all continents.

So I would like to share my vision of what the work of the curator in The Graph is, why this experience has become one of the most interesting in recent years in my life and why this article is not only suitable to participants in The Graph community, but cryptoenthusiasts, looking in the direction of any other projects that offer to work for them as a volunteer or curator.

Initially, I didn’t know much about the Graph project, but literally in the first days of immersion in documents, I realized that this is not just a one-day project, but something much more serious, something that can actually change if not the world, then the world of the Internet for sure.

The tasks that were set by the Graph team differed in global goals, but the most interesting thing is that many of the tasks have already been solved over the past few years.

This project, unnoticed by ordinary people, but significantly for the largest crypto-projects of recent years, has become an aid in the implementation of such mountains of the world of cryptocurrencies as

Compound, Uniswap, Livepeer, Synthetix, Bancor, and MakerDAO.

I was impressed by this track record, but I still didn’t fully understand what the Graph was all about.

What bribed me when I finally ventured to register as a curator of the Graph?

This is purely individual, but I realized that during the curatorship I will have to learn a little programming, master reading code and understand what commands exist in programming languages, what they are responsible for and what syntax is generally inherent in programming languages such as JavaScript and TypeScript.

It was a great opportunity for me to start learning programming languages, as for several years I have been thinking about changing my main working specialization and going into programming.

Of course, at the very beginning of working as a curator, we were not required to have any programming skills. Moreover, we could perform absolutely any tasks that we can do

and skip those that we can not yet complete. But then the fun began:

First, work in the Everest Subgraph, where we could add new projects from the world of cryptocurrencies, DeFi and Web3.

But then the most interesting third phase of curation began, where we were required to work in PowerShell and WebStorm, where we learned to work with code, read it, and edit Subgraphs (or rather its manifest, schema and mappings). We got acquainted with working in Github, creating repositories and how much information can be found in the repositories of experienced programmers.

We got acquainted with the smart contracts of the ether network, which we just learned to index through subgraphs, and then we brought new subgraphs to mind, bringing them to a pleasant appearance, as well as finishing their performance.

What am I grateful to TheGraph team for?

- I have learned to program. Not much, but it is the beginning of my way. Now I have watched 15 hours of video about JavaScript and 2 hours of video about TypeScript.

- I learned to read the smart contracts of the Ethereum network and understand what each command is responsible for and what a particular smart contract can do in General.

- I met many people who, like me, were dedicated to their work and had wonderful and valuable discussions on the open spaces of Discord and Telegram.

- I saw that people I didn’t know were willing to help each other for free.

- I saw, got acquainted from the inside and realized that the Graph team is wonderful, dedicated to their work, who set long-term goals and build around themselves a huge and loyal community.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the TheGraph project for opening up great opportunities for people!


TheGraph Curator